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October Newsletter

Welcome from the Principal

Wow - what a start to an academic year! Our students have been phenomenal since they returned and continually impress us with their positive attitudes, hard work, commitment to their learning and to getting involved in the life of the school. We have been incredibly proud of what we have seen so far, including;

  • the incredible attention and engagement in lessons we see when showing parents around
  • a fantastic response to events such as the Macmillan charity bake sale, which raised money for a cause close to our hearts
  • Students’ enthusiastic yet mature response to the election campaign for Student President
  • how well students have represented the school with visitors, on trips and at sporting fixtures. We have had many messages of praise from the Careers Service, the Army coding team, Apprenticeship show and GCSE Geography Fieldwork team.

I hope you find this early newsletter informative and useful? Please don't hesitate to get in touch if there is anything further we can help with and please feel free to pass our newsletter on to family and friends.

Finally from me and on a personal note, I would like to thank all of our parents, students and those who previously attended Redmoor for their support and best wishes following the deaths of three members of staff in recent months. It has brought comfort to us as a staff body and also to the families of Miss Cassie, Mrs Rogerson and Mrs Constable. Following the funeral for Mrs Constable (which took place on the 11th October), we will be sharing our plans for a memorial garden and some fundraising events associated with that.

Matt Nicolle - Principal

GCSE Results 2023

Once again, our students, their families and our staff were celebrating a brilliant set of GCSE results in August. On an individual level, students achieved the grades they deserved and which have allowed them to progress to their chosen Post 16 destination. From a school perspective, the grades they achieved demonstrated that they made significantly better progress from being at Redmoor than similar students did nationally. Indeed, it was our best ever progress score and achieved in a year when grade boundaries rose sharply as the government attempted to revert back to pre-pandemic standards.

I am incredibly proud of all that our students achieved through their hard work and this includes their personal growth and development into mature and responsible young adults. Our commitment to delivering academic excellence alongside personal growth remains and we look forward to celebrating the achievements of our current cohort and hearing from our previous students with updates on how they are getting on.

Open Evening

Thank you to all of the students who supported Redmoor by participating in Open Evening. They were incredible advocates for the school and made it very easy to impress the Year 6 students and parents with all that we offer. It was our busiest evening yet with approximately 700 visitors. A special mention must go to Noah and Sophia from Year 7 who presented with me in the hall to over 300 parents - what an achievement at age 11 having only been at Redmoor a few weeks. They were amazing! We do not need reminding but it is events such as this that makes us all very proud of our students and our school.

Site Development

As we previously communicated, we are in the process of submitting planning applications that will allow us to expand the number of students we can accommodate and therefore benefit from additional facilities. Redmoor has been oversubscribed for many years and the number of students in the Hinckley area is outstripping the number of secondary places available.

Our plan is to increase from our current admission number of 185 (6 classes) to take an additional 39 students and admit 224 (8 classes), starting in September 2024. The increase will be gradual and it will be 5 more years before we reach capacity in every year group. We are committed to retaining everything that makes Redmoor such a unique and special school including the family and ‘community feel’ that we know we have.

The additional facilities will include; a full size sports hall with a fitness room and changing rooms, a 4 laboratory science block, 4 additional classrooms and a refitted catering facility for Geoff the Chef to work his magic in. The refurbished kitchen will be smaller yet more efficient, allowing more space for extra seating for students.

The science block and kitchen works are expected to be ready for the new academic year and the sports hall by Spring 2025.

Matilda the Musical

After a successful end to 2023 in the Performing Arts department, we have managed to purchase the rights for a hit musical this half term. The performing arts team, Mrs. Trunchbull, and the Revolting Children have been busy with discipline and Phys-ed to present the KS3 production of Matilda JNR. There will be 3 shows from 6-7 pm on the 13th, 14th and 15th December 2023. Due to the popularity of the auditions, there will be two casts. Tickets are priced at £5 each and all proceeds are going back into the students’ performing arts experiences at the school. This is the first time a musical has been performed at the school in over 5 years and the talented students are hoping to sell out every show they are performing at.

We welcome you all to support the students by coming to watch the show, tickets will be on sale from the 13th of November and will be available via parentpay. If you feel you could support the show in another way through sponsorship then please let us know by getting in touch with us via email or phone. All companies or individuals who support the production will be recognised in our show programme, on our website and through our social media platforms as our community partners. We are very much looking forward to showcasing the talent we have at the school and hope to see you there!

Careers Fair

On the 3rd of October a number of our Year 11 students had the opportunity to visit the National Apprenticeship & Education Event in Birmingham. This event, held at Millenium Point, gave our students a great insight into the world of work and provided the opportunity to ask large local companies about what apprenticeships have to offer. Our students left inspired and Redmoor hit Gatsby Benchmarks 2,5,6 and 7, which is a great achievement!

Macmillan coffee morning

Thank you to everyone for supporting our Macmillan Coffee Morning this year. We raised a total of £212.18 from the student and staff bake sale. The cake competition was amazing this year and it was really difficult to pick winners, but a big congratulations to the following:

  • Y7 1st Harry Beasley, 2nd Harvey Tandy
  • Y8 1st Esmai Parnell/Zoe Green, 2nd Charlie Hill
  • Y9 1st Sam Chamberlain, 2nd Maria Ursu
  • Y10 1st Abigail Ashley, 2nd Olivia Towers
  • Y11 1st Abbey Strong, 2nd Morgan James/Kai Hollis

Winners will receive 25 house points and the runners up will be rewarded with 10 house points. Well done to everyone who baked and contributed!

Football

The football teams have had another strong start to the academic year in their area tournaments. The year 11s narrowly missed out coming second, whilst the year 10 and 9s are both through to play Bosworth Academy in the area final after topping their groups with several hard fought victories. The year 8 and 7s have both got their tournaments coming up over the next few weeks so we hope they can follow in their older peers' footsteps.

Netball

Well done to all the netball teams who have competed this term. There have been some great performances from the Year 11,10, 9 & 8. Year 10 successfully came second in their tournament. Year 7s have their first tournament to look forward to on returning next term.

Runners, get ready! Our 'House Halloween Run' will be the first house event of the academic year and will take place the week beginning 30th October.

MVP

We are now starting our third year of the Mentors in Violence Prevention Programme (MVP). You may remember that MVP is an active bystander approach where students are given the knowledge, confidence, and skills to be able to identify and speak out against bullying, abusive behaviour and violence.

This year we have been working with 45 incredible year 10 students who are our MVP Mentors. They have completed all of their mentor training at the start of this term and have already taught their first MVP session titled Text Message (SEND), to our year 9 students.

MVP does not deal with situations involving strangers, the context is always a scenario with a friend. The programme helps friends to look out for each other, to spot concerning behaviours and to act on them before harm takes place. One of the key quotes we talk about is, “Friends don’t let friends continue with harmful behaviour; friends don’t let friends get in trouble.”

The lesson started by thinking about controlling relationships and the impact this could have on young people. It then went on to support students to think about how they could use the strategies in the bystander toolkit to intervene safely in a situation and evaluate which one would work best for them as an individual.

Delivering lessons as a trained teacher can be difficult enough, but this brilliant group of MVP mentors have been able to teach a lesson as a year 10 student! We wanted to take this opportunity to share how proud we are of them and how much we are looking forward to them delivering the next lesson later this term.

Student Council Elections

In response to Student Voice, we have made some changes to the structure of our Student Council this year, with two Student Presidents being elected from Year 11 and two Vice-Presidents from Year 10. Following a campaign which saw students present to the entire staff and student body in assemblies, a whole school vote was held and our new Student Presidents Sam Waterer and Rebecca Hall and Vice-Presidents Marti Dimitrova and Tom Wood were elected. Congratulations to all students. We are excited to see the impact they will make in their roles in the coming months.

Shakespeare Schools Festival

A talented and enthusiastic group of pupils have been working hard this term in preparation for the 2023 Shakespeare Schools Festival. We will be taking our version of Antony & Cleopatra to the Belgrade Theatre on Tuesday 28th November to perform on a professional stage. Our performance will be part of a series of plays shown by a number of different schools across the evening to celebrate the works of Shakespeare. We are really excited to showcase what we have been working on, and hope that members of the school community can come and support us.

Student Fundraising

Over the holidays, one of our Duke of Edinburgh students, Sam in Year 11, received his certificate from JDRF for his fundraising efforts for volunteering and a weekly 1 hour sponsored walk, raising £300. JDRF is a charity that strives for a better life for everyone living with type 1 diabetes. Sam has now raised £8000 for JDRF over the years! How amazing, well done Sam.

Art, Photography and Design

This term has been busy for the Art and Design department with two enrichment trips for our KS4 students. Our Year 11 Art and Photography students visited London, included a visit to the Tate and our Year 10 Art and 3D Design students visited Chatsworth House for the Mirror Mirror sculpture exhibition. Having the opportunities to visit museums and design exhibitions they have been able to add valuable material to their coursework whilst seeing a vast range of Art, Design and Photography.

Art Showcase